Bandsaw Boxes

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I made these bandsaw boxes as Christmas gifts for my family. I drew the designs myself and below is a link to a PDF of the drawings if anyone is interested in trying these. They are designed to be cut from 5.5” wide lumber and the radius of the curves can be cut using a 1/4” blade. I glued up pieces of a 2×6 western red cedar board from Home Depot with a piece of pine sandwiched in between. The drawers are lined with self-stick felt. A couple of the boxes have pine feet glued on to kick them up a notch. The round knobs came from Hobby Lobby. The other drawer pulls were cut from pine and I sanded a curve on the front.

I’ve experimented with different types of entry cuts and back pieces on these. I’ve found that entry cuts are best hidden if you cut along a grain line. I actually prefer cutting drawers that have one side of the drawer exposed and no entry cut to glue back together and hide. Cutting the back from a separate piece of wood is a good option if you have a small bandsaw, or if you need to cover up that you made a mistake and forgot to slice off the back before cutting the drawers like I did. ;)

Click here for PDF templates.

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA -

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#1 posted 553 days ago

What a great looking box set! I would mind having a bedroom set that looks just like these!
Good job!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 553 days ago

Steve, A very nice collection. I like the traditional dresser look and I too agree that the draws with no entry cut is even better.

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 553 days ago

These are all very cool ,super design and workmanship.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 553 days ago

Those boxes are truly amazing.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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will delaney

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#5 posted 553 days ago

Very nice! Thanks for the PDF. I haven’t tried making a bandsaw box but it is a project the i would like to try. Thanks for posting.

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#6 posted 553 days ago

Steve, these are really nice looking boxes. I enjoy making boxes as well….can’t get enough of them.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#7 posted 553 days ago

Nicely done. Except for the 2-drawer with the top arc, you did a superb job of hiding the entry cut (when there was one). I will have to plan my next boxes better to avoid the obvious entry cut(s).

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#8 posted 553 days ago

Very original and cool designs. Looks like you’re really getting the hang of it. Practice makes perfect They’ll only get better and easier.

-- J.C.Sellers

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#9 posted 552 days ago

A very nice set of band saw boxes.

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#10 posted 552 days ago

Ditto’s. Very nice in deed.

-- Ken

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#11 posted 551 days ago

Wonderful band saw boxes! Look like classic miniature dressers.


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#12 posted 550 days ago

Really good job on the BS boxes, nice cut lines, good finish on them too

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#13 posted 534 days ago

your bandsaw boxes are wonderful. Nice clean and crisp. Nice work and thanks for the pdf patterns. I will surely make use of them one day.

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#14 posted 193 days ago

Steve I really like your collection of boxes. I am going to try some of these myself. Thanks for the PDF.

Just wondering what blade your using and if you use cool blocks or just standard roller bearings.


-- Charlie75, Alto

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#15 posted 192 days ago

@Charlie75 I use a 1/4” skip tooth blade with 3 or 4 tpi. I design my boxes so they can be cut with 1/4” blade. I have a Craftsman 12” bandsaw/sander from the 80s and it just has the stock blade guides and bearings. I think the key to cutting these is a low 3 or 4 tpi blade.

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA -

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